A conference on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control in the Southern Region in 2022 was opened in Ho Chi Minh City on July 15 under the chair of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.
From May 2022, many new policies take effect such as additional cases of free use of radiofrequency, limiting the maximum duration of vocational training schools and college education to 4.5 years, increasing the student loan amount to VND4 million a month, Motorbike registration at the commune police station, car registration at district police stations.
Local people need to be equipped with essential skills to cope with natural disasters, especially those in the mountainous, remote and ethnic areas, as more storms and floods are expected during the rest of this year, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.
The Ministry of Education and Training has presented its petitions to the Government calling for unchanging tuition fee for the 2020-2021 school year, in order to share the financial burden with parents and students.
2020 is the year of extreme and abnormal natural disasters all over the country with many records of storms and floods, according to Vice General Director of the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration Mr. Hoang Duc Cuong at a summary conference on the works of natural disaster prevention in 2020.
Mr. Nguyen Nho Trung, Chairman of the People’s Council of Da Nang City, said that the Covid-19 pandemic and continual natural disasters this year have made the city post a negative growth of 9.77 percent for the first time and budget revenue merely achieve 70 percent at the 16th meeting of the municipal People’s Council held on December 7.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment reported that different kinds of natural disasters in Vietnam create around 1.5 percent of GDP loss each year. This rate is predicted to grow in the future unless there are sound national solutions to cope with climate changes soon.
Agriculture is an important sector of Vietnam especially the Mekong Delta, considered as the 'Rice bowl' of Vietnam; however, climate change and drought have made serious impacts on agriculture in the region.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday launched the first phase of Cai Lon-Cai Be irrigation project which is expected to solve problems relating to saltwater for the Mekong delta provinces of Kien Giang, Ca Mau and Bac Lieu.
In an interview with Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, Mr. Vu Xuan Thanh, deputy chief of the General Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, emphasized the need of fortifying the dyke system to cope with natural disasters, which have been erratic and not followed laws of nature.
Natural disasters caused 16 people dead and missing, injured 54, damaged and inundated 17,713 houses, devastated 21,355 hectares of rice and 1,342 hectares of fruit trees, killed 117,675 fowl and ruined 80 fishing boats with the total damage of VND315 billion (US$13.55 million) in the Southern region during the first nine months of 2019.
A creative comic contest "Save the Earth - Children create superhero to fight against natural disasters and climate change" for children aged from 10-15 years is organized by UNICEF Vietnam, Vietnam Disaster Management Authority-Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (VDMA) and the National Young Pioneer Council (NYPC).
Vietnam is working to develop its own earth observation satellite, which will help the country manage natural resources and mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters, a conference heard yesterday.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a dispatch asking relevant ministries, sectors and localities to focus resources on search and rescue along with activities to overcome flood consequences in northern mountainous and midland provinces.